Archive for French Diction

Episode 96-SDU Tutorial (Audio Version)

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on May 20th, 2017

In Episode 96, Dr. François Germain works through the text to Debussy’s "Nuit d’étoiles" with us, talking about the French schwa and when it’s not pronounced, the various combinations of 'ie', and a little on liaisons and elision. There are two versions of this episode—the full video tutorial or the audio version for people prefer to listen to podcasts while they’re out and about. This is the last episode before summer break--we'll be back with all new episodes on Aug 26, 2017! 

In the meantime, for all of The Diction Police podcasts, Text Readings, and PDFs with phonetic transcriptions as well as translations into several languages, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 96-SDU Tutorial

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on May 20th, 2017

In Episode 96, Dr. François Germain works through the text to Debussy’s "Nuit d’étoiles" with us, talking about the French schwa and when it’s not pronounced, the various combinations of 'ie', and a little on liaisons and elision. This is the last episode before summer break--we'll be back with all new episodes on Aug 26, 2017! 

In the meantime, for all of The Diction Police podcasts, Text Readings, and PDFs with phonetic transcriptions as well as translations into several languages, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Diction Tip #16

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on April 29th, 2017

Since the podcast comes out every two weeks, on the off-weeks we post Diction Tips--very short tutorials focusing on a specific topic in Lyric Diction.

This week's Diction Tip is about the pronunciation of "-ille" (and its exceptions) in French Diction, with Dr. François Germain.

For more Diction Tips visit the videos section of our Facebook page or you can find all of our Diction Lessons, Diction Tips and Tongue Twisters for Singers at www.dictionpolice.com!

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Episode 92-SDU Tutorial (Audio version)

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on March 25th, 2017

This week, François Germain reads the text to "Après un rêve", and we talk about what happens to nasal vowels in liaison, the difference between [ɑ̃] and [õ], and open and closed vowels in French.

For more Video Tutorials and Text Readings, as well as our Facebook Diction Lessons and Tongue Twisters for Singers series, or for the accompanying PDF for this Tutorial, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 92-SDU Tutorial

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on March 25th, 2017

This week, François Germain reads the text to "Après un rêve", and we talk about what happens to nasal vowels in liaison, the difference between [ɑ̃] and [õ], and open and closed vowels in French.

For more Video Tutorials and Text Readings, as well as our Facebook Diction Lessons and Tongue Twisters for Singers series, or for the accompanying PDF for this Tutorial, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Diction Tip #14

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on March 18th, 2017

Since the podcast comes out every two weeks, on the off-weeks we post Diction Tips--very short tutorials focusing on a specific topic in Lyric Diction.

In this week's Diction Tip, Dr. François Germain looks at the plural articles "les", "des", "ces", etc., in French Lyric Diction.

For more Diction Tips visit the videos section of our Facebook page or you can find all of our Diction Lessons, Diction Tips and Tongue Twisters for Singers at www.dictionpolice.com!

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Episode 88-SDU Tutorial (audio version)

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on January 28th, 2017

Happy 2017! We're starting off the year with some French Diction, discussing the text to Paul Verlaine's "En sourdine" with Dr. François Germain. This episode focuses on the letters 'c' and 'u', as well as some exceptional pronunciations like "sens" and "solennel". This is the audio version of the full video tutorial.

 

For more Video Tutorials and Text Readings, or for the accompanying PDF for this Tutorial, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Episode 88-SDU Tutorial

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on January 28th, 2017

Happy 2017! We're starting off the year with some French Diction, discussing the text to Paul Verlaine's "En sourdine" with Dr. François Germain. This episode focuses on the letters 'c' and 'u', as well as some exceptional pronunciations like "sens" and "solennel".

For more Video Tutorials and Text Readings, or for the accompanying PDF for this Tutorial, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.

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Diction Tip #10

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on November 19th, 2016

Since the podcast comes out every two weeks, on the off-weeks we post Diction Tips--very short tutorials focusing on a specific topic in Lyric Diction.

In Diction Tip #10, François Germain and I discuss the digraph 'eu' in French and the possible pronunciations that it can have.
 
For more Diction Tips visit the videos section of our Facebook page or you can find all of our Diction Lessons, Diction Tips and Tongue Twisters for Singers at www.dictionpolice.com!
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Episode 85-SDU Tutorial (audio version)

Posted in French Diction by thedictionpolice on October 29th, 2016

Since I just started a production of Les contes d'Hoffmann, we thought it would be the perfect time for some French Diction! Dr. François Germain and I discuss the text to Duparc's "Soupir", covering some of the digraphs in French and the concept of "déplacement de l'accent tonique"--the displacement of the tonic accent.

This is the audio version of the Tutorial. The full video Tutorial is also available.

For more Video Tutorials and Text Readings, or for the accompanying PDF for this Tutorial, please visit us at www.dictionpolice.com . You can also follow The Diction Police on Facebook and Twitter.
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